I hear frequently that it’s hard to get the younger generation to serve in the church. That may be true, especially under some of our current church structures. I don’t think it’s because they don’t want to serve, however. I think we may simply need to reconsider the circumstances under which they are willing to serve or the structure that works to attract them to serve.
After working with a younger age group in church planting and the more established churches, I’ve made some observations that appear true in both.
Here are seven ways to get young people to serve:
Don’t just talk about it…do it. They truly want to be active. They want to be doers of the word…not just hearers.
Reward progress…not people. Humble service is a valued character trait to the current younger generation. That’s why they love teams so much.
Think people impact…not project completion. They want to help others…make a difference in someone’s life…and add value to the world around them.
Make meetings social events. Boring meetings won’t work anymore, but they’ll get together for pizza…and organize a cause in the process.
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SOURCE: Church Leaders, Ron Edmondson